At iPhone 4’s launch, I will not be talking about Apple here. What I’m after is a Nokia N8 now. I’m anxiously waiting for its launch. Since its announcement on 28th May, I’ve been counting every moment till I can get hold of this device. I’m not going to make it a long discussion but at this point in time, Nokia N8 is going to be the best feature set device. I know I’m a bit biased here but I can’t help supporting Nokia 🙂
Here are a few things that make me crave for Nokia N8
A 12 mega pixel camera
A lovely Xenon flash to support the camera
720p HD video recording at 25 FPS
3D Graphics hardware accelerator with OpenGL ES 2.0 support
HDMI TV out
Huge set of programming options in form of supported APIs
Dual microphone for stereo audio recording
16GB onboard memory and a slot for more. You can add a Micro SD card
Thats not it, you can use ANY USB storage media, external hard drive etc to add storage capability
DivX video playback support
Amazing web browser
And other usual stuff – that is not that ordinary by the way 🙂
You can read the full set of features of the phone here.
BA gets hold of a Samsung Wave. This is exciting. We’ve already posted the fact that the device will be available somewhere in the third quarter of 2010. We’ve managed to get hold of a preview device which runs pretty much the final version of much anticipated BADA OS.
Samsung is ready to hit back with a great device and to make a point that BADA is going to be a strong, useful and reliable platform. Samsung Wave GT-S5800 is an impressive device right from the moment you hold it in your hand. The most important features of the phone are as follows:
A large 3.3 inch Super AMO-LED screen with a resolution of 480×800.
Sizzling 1 GHz processor to run the new OS
BADA OS that will run on the most devices by Samsung from now on
Other useful stuff like Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, Accelerometer etc.
My first impressions for the device and its features are:
The device is lightweight, slim and very handy.
The BADA OS is pretty cool as compared to its infancy level, remember its the first device with BADA.
The screen is absolutely amazing and outclasses pretty much everything out there. Super AMOLED screen is no doubt the best feature in this device.
The phone is very fast when normally using it. No waiting, no delays, gets your stuff done instantly, thanks to 1GHz processor in this small device.
The device carries a 5 mega pixel camera that is not even close to other average smart phone 5MP cameras. This is very disappointing that the photos taken with Wave’s camera are very unimpressive.
Wave GT-5800 has a dazzling HD video camera as well that records up to 1280×720 resolution HD videos at 30 FPS and has some decent camera settings available. The output of the video camera is very good. The videos are crisp with no pixelation or jitter and the video camera does its job very well.
The basic set of software available on the phone is pretty sufficient to start with. If you need more, you have the samsung BADA store already getting filled with apps for you so you can just go there and download. Please note that all these applications are free for now and there are no paid apps on the store so far.
I typically like the onscreen keyboard that works in both portrait and landscape mode and it can not get any better than that. I do miss the availability of a dictionary that suggest words but then it will also not auto incorrect things in attempt of auto correcting them, like it does on other touchscreen phones like iPhone
The video playback and watching pictures is a pleasure withe the great software and amazing screen accompanied by a decently loud speaker.
All in all, its a great experience using the device for a few days. I will continue to post more about this device and will upload sample photos and videos soon.
This is big for me at least. This fellow has found a way to install a boot loader and install Android OS on iPhone. We all know that Apple’s iPhone has strong hardware capabilities but due to software restrictions, iPhone users have been deprived from a lot of features and functionality that they could use just by simple software ad-ons. With this hack, which obviously is not supported or accepted by Apple, a whole wide range of possibilities are in your hand. Check out the demo video.
N82 by Nokia, just a little over two years I was so excited to receive my new handset. An amazing dual processor phone with dedicated graphics processing unit, an amazing five mega pixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens and Xenon flash…… Series 60 3rd edition and a mono block, unlike N95.
It happens that after six months, you start feeling that your phone is too old for some of the features that you’d love to use but after a couple of years in case of N82, I don’t tend let go my phone. I have always been a Nokia fan but Nokia has unfortunately been slightly quiet in past couple of years. They have not released a phone that could make me thing of switching my handset. Just as a convention, I thought I’d rather change my handset now anyways.
My eyes got glittered and deceived by the Blackberries and Androids and I decided to say farewell to my beloved Nokia N82. Now I have an android based HTC G1 as well as the top of the line BlackBerry Bold 9700. No offense with these amazing handsets, but two weeks away from my N82, I am actually handicapped due to two main reasons.
My very ordinary looking Nokia N82 has a set of features that are still unmatched by the latest smartphones today. In addition, the wide range of software that I keep using, well at least so far, has not been available on other platforms. The problem of the software can be solved gradually as the software becomes available for the new handsets, but the feature set has no match.
The Xenon flash, that usually comes in point and shoot digital cameras only has kept me enjoying night time photography with an accompanying Carl Zeiss lens, five mega pixel camera and a great camera software to support. Even the most recent phones don’t have such flash and all of them only depend on LED based flash, if a flash at all is there.
Unmatched multi-tasking all the time on N82, chatting on favorite IM services, surfing the web using at least 4 different browsers, downloading a few torrents over wifi, listening to Mp3 music all at the same time and a few more software standing by is a normal way how I use this phone. And this doesn’t happen that great on other handsets.
Showing off the photos and videos I took over the weekend to friends and family on the TV is another great feature I miss in my beloved N82. Dont BlackBerry owners need a presentation mechanism in their business phones? Come on, you could give a TV out for heaven’s sake.
I have a feeling, I may have to come back to my Nokia N82 till another phone comes out with such great features. Thank God I haven’t sold it out yet 😉
According to an independent marketing research firm named comscore, BlackBerry has the largest smart phone share in US. Google has shown some serious improvement to 9% and Apple has been steady. This comparison shows the strength of RIM in the region. Those who are planning to build their business around BlackBerry should have additional level of confidence in the brand now.
Both Microsoft and Palm have lost their share as compared to Nov 2009.
It’s been quite some time we’ve seen a larger Micro SDHC card than the 16GB one I have. I’ve been posting about 16GB memory card compatibility earlier as well. This post is an official confirmation that Nokia’s touchscreen phone 5530 ExpressMusic supports 16GB Micro SD cards. I have this SanDisk’s 16GB card and it works great in my phone. See photo below:
So if you are planning to buy a new Nokia touch-screen phone that’s S60 3rd edition like my Nokia 5530, you can always get a memory upgrade for a lot of stuff that you can do with this device. Memory and bandwidth are never enough for me 🙂
It is very common for Blackberry users to experience trackball problems. Trackball is a common feature of several Blackberry models like Blackberry Bold, Curve 8900, Curve 8300 series, Pearl and 8800 series as well. Like a normal ball-based mouse on your computer, the pearl also needs cleaning to give you precise working. Moreover, the trackball gets so dirty that it looks ugly.
The ugly dirty trackball on curve 8310
I’ll show you today, how I cleaned my Blackberry’s pearl today to make it look new and work great.
Step 1: use a pointed thing like a small flat screw-driver, a knife or just your nail to pull out the steel ring around the pearl. It will pop out easily.
Step 2: Gently remove the pearl along with the white casing holding the trackball. That leaves the phone look like this:
Step 3: I took the ball and washed it with water and soap along with my hands. No special washing tricks except, don’t drop it in the sink 🙂 . Make sure you wash away all the soap. Don’t keep the ball in water for too long.
Step 4: Wipe off the water and preferably use a hair dryer or blower to dry the pearl. No water should be left on it when you put it back in.
Step 5: Place the pearl back in the device like this:
Step-6: Place the metallic ring around the pearl and press it gently back to its original position.
Step 7: Enjoy the beautiful, clean and shining pearl of your Blackberry that works like a charm! Enjoy!
Note: Try it on your own risk. Dont blame me if you berak your device!